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Congressional Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 27 items )  

Booker, Durbin Call Out Barr, Wray for Inadequate Effort to Combat Domestic Terrorism & White Supremacist Violence
WASHINGTON, Aug. 8 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Following another devastating incident of domestic terrorism committed by a white supremacist in El Paso, U.S. Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) today pressed Attorney General William Barr and Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray about what the Department of Justice (DOJ) and the FBI are doing to combat white supremacist violence. "After the horrific September 1  more

Booker, Menendez, Sires, Payne Call on EPA to Provide Additional Resources for Newark Residents Affected by Lead Exposure
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) today called on Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist state and local efforts in delivering safe drinking water to Newark residents following sampling results from 3 homes last week that conclude  more

Booker, Menendez, Sires, Payne Urge USDA to Expand SNAP, WIC Benefits to Support Newark Residents Affected by Lead in Drinking Water
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Sen. Cory Booker, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Cory Booker (D-NJ), a member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee (EPW), along with Senator Bob Menendez (D-NJ), Rep. Albio Sires (D-NJ), and Rep. Donald M. Payne, Jr. (D-NJ) today urged U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer additional assistance to serve the immediate needs of Newark residents affected by known or suspected lead service lines. By making temporary chan  more

GAO Issues Report on Security Assistance
WASHINGTON, Aug. 13 -- The Government Accountability Office has issued a report on human rights training for foreign security forces. The report (GAO-19-554) is titled "Security Assistance: U.S. Agencies Should Improve Oversight of Human Rights Training for Foreign Security Forces". The report was sent to Sen. James M. Inhofe, R-Oklahoma, chairman, Sen. Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, ranking member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, Sen. James Risch, R-Idaho, chairman, Sen. Robert Menendez, D-  more

Gottheimer Announces New Legislation to Help Jersey Families Check and Boost Their Credit
HACKENSACK, New Jersey, Aug. 13 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5) announced two new bipartisan bills to fix two significant pillars of our credit system in the United States that are in dire need of an upgrade: how credit scores are calculated and how our credit is reported. Gottheimer's Accurate Access to Credit Information Act will create a single, easy-to-use portal providing free access to a credit score and all thre  more

House Judiciary Committee to Take Up Menendez Gun Safety Bill to Ban High-Capacity Magazines
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 16 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: * * * - The Keep Americans Safe Act would prohibit the transfer, importation, or possession of magazines able to hold more than ten rounds of ammunition * * * U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.), and U.S. Representatives Ted Deutch (D-Fla.) and Dina Titus (D-Nev.) today released the following statements after the House Judiciary Committee announced it will hold a markup hearing on Wednesday,   more

Menendez, Blumenthal Want to Know What "Amazon Choice" Badge Really Means
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 12 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senator Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) was joined today by Senator Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) in sending a letter to Jeff Bezos, Amazon's CEO to express concerns about the "Amazon's Choice" badge and whether it deceives consumers into purchasing products of inferior quality. Amazon's badge "Amazon's Choice" is believed to denote products with high customer satisfaction ratings. However, the badge  more

Menendez, Booker Announce Over $1 Million to Combat NJ's Opioid Epidemic
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 14 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $1,349,997 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support Rutgers University's Opioid Workforce Expansion program. "This is critical federal funding New Jersey needs to combat the growing opioid   more

Menendez, Booker Announce Over $2M to Support Community Health Centers Across NJ
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez, a senior member of the Senate Finance Committee that sets national health policy, and Cory Booker today announced $2,309,519 in federal funding from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to continue the essential health care services provided at several New Jersey Federally Qualified Health Centers (FQHCs). "Community Health Centers are a critical p  more

Menendez, Booker, Sires, Payne Call on EPA to Provide Additional Resources for Newark Residents Affected by Lead Exposure
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 13 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Congressmen Albio Sires (N.J.-08) and Donald Payne, Jr. (N.J.-10) today called on the Enviornmental Protection Agency (EPA) to assist state and local efforts in delivering safe drinking water to Newark residents following sampling results from 3 homes last week that concluded the levels of lead from 2 homes exceeded the drinking water stand  more

Menendez, Colleagues Urge USDA to Expand SNAP, WIC Benefits to Support Newark Residents Affected by Lead in Drinking Water
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 16 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker, along with Congressmen Albio Sires (N.J.-08) and Donald Payne (N.J.-10) today urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to offer additional assistance to serve the immediate needs of Newark residents affected by known or suspected lead service lines. By making temporary changes to the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) and Suppleme  more

Rep. Drew Raises Awareness for the Endangered Bog Turtle
SALEM COUNTY, New Jersey, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Jeff Van Drew joins with the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife and the New Jersey Audubon on a mission to save the state's official reptile: the bog turtle. Bog turtles are listed as endangered and, despite once being abundant throughout the state, are now restricted to rural portions of southern and northwestern New Jersey. New funds provided to the U.S. Fish and Wi  more

Rep. Gottheimer Issues Statement on Israel's Announced Ban on Members of Congress
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Josh Gottheimer, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on Israel's announced ban on members of Congress: "Those who truly believe in the historic, bipartisan U.S.-Israel relationship, as I do, want others to visit Israel and learn about our historic, strategic alliance and to experience the realities of daily life in the region. "By visiting Israel, members of Congress can see for themselves the robust economic and national security cooperation between our tw  more

Rep. Pallone Congratulates New Citizens at Naturalization Ceremony in Long Branch
LONG BRANCH, New Jersey, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Today, Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) congratulated 34 new American citizens and their guests during a special naturalization ceremony at the Long Branch Free Public Library. "You are a part of the history of a nation that has so many diverse stories and backgrounds," Pallone said in his remarks. "Today, you are a part of American history as we celebrate one of America's oldest   more

Rep. Pallone Holds Town Hall in Metuchen
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) held a town hall to update constituents on his work in New Jersey and Washington and to offer attendees the chance to share their concerns. He answered a range of questions about health care costs and the climate crisis. Over 300 constituents attended the event. "The most important part of my job is to hear directly from constituents and to provide an update on  more

Rep. Pallone Issues Statement on FDA Proposed Rule on Health Warnings Labels on Tobacco Products
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following statement on the Food and Drug Administration's proposed rule to require health warnings with color images for cigarette packages and advertisements: "I am pleased to see FDA proposing a rule that follows through on the requirements to update health warning labels on cigarette packages and advertisements that I believe will promote greater understanding of the h  more

Rep. Pallone: Committee Chairs Call on Trump Administration to Abandon Rollback of Anti-Discrimination Protections in Health Care
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Frank Pallone Jr., D-New Jersey, chairman of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, issued the following news release: Today, Energy and Commerce Chairman Frank Pallone, Jr. (NJ-06) Education and Labor Committee Chairman Bobby Scott (VA-03), and Ways and Means Chairman Richard Neal (MA-01) sent a letter (https://edlabor.house.gov/imo/media/doc/2019-08-151557%20Comment%20Letter%20SIGNED.pdf) to Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar urging the D  more

Rep. Pascrell Condemns Trump Betrayal of Hong Kong Protesters
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-09) reacted harshly to a report that Donald Trump promised Chinese Communist Party General Secretary Xi Jinping that his White House would not criticize the Chinese government for its violent crackdown of Hong Kong demonstrators and his repeated refusal to support the demonstrators. "The demonstrators in Hong Kong are showing courage that has inspired the whole wor  more

Rep. Pascrell Issues Statement on Barring of Congresswomen From Entry to Israel
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on reports that Israel was barring entry to two members of Congress: "This decision is wrong, shows profound disrespect for the U.S. Congress, and should be rescinded. "I am no friend of the BDS movement because it wrongly demonizes Israel and does not take steps towards peace in the Middle East. But Israel is a democracy, the only one in its region, and democracies are built on the free exchange of id  more

Rep. Pascrell Issues Statement on Protestors in Hong Kong, Moscow
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the continuing demonstrations being held by citizens in Hong Kong and in Moscow standing against anti-democratic repression by the governments of China and Russia: "The protests the world has been watching are an inspiration. These brave people are sending a message to their repressive governments and the world that freedom, the rule of law, and democracy cannot be silenced," said Rep. Pascrell, a lon  more

Rep. Payne Issues Statement on Newark Water Crisis
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Donald M. Payne Jr., D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on the water crisis in Newark: "As a resident and representative of Newark, I'm very concerned about this development. "Traditionally, Newark has been known for the quality of its water and had been known for some of the cleanest water in the country. We need to find out what is happening in the pipes that carry this water from the aquifers to our faucets to solve and rectify this issue immediately.  more

Rep. Rochester Hosts Roundtable on High Price of Diabetes Drugs
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 14 -- Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Yesterday, Congresswoman Lisa Blunt Rochester hosted a roundtable on the high cost of insulin and other critical, life-saving medications that Delawareans rely on. The Congresswoman was joined by leading health care advocates from across the state to discuss potential policy solutions to lower the cost of these critical drugs. The Congresswoman also unveiled a report from the House Committee  more

Rep. Sires Joins Sens. Booker, Menendez, Rep. Payne in Calls for Increased Assistance to Newark Residents Exposed to Lead
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Rep. Albio Sires, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Sires joined Senator Cory Booker, Senator Bob Menendez, and Congressman Donald Payne Jr. in calling on federal agencies to provide assistance to Newark following the confirmation of lead contaminated drinking water. In a letter sent to the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), Congressman Sires, Senator Booker, Senator Menendez, and Congressman Payne asked the federal agency to provide great  more

Rep. Van Drew Tours Finn's Point National Cemetery in Pennsville, N.J.
MAYS LANDING, New Jersey, Aug. 12 -- Rep. Jefferson Van Drew, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Congressman Jeff Van Drew continued his tour of South Jersey with a visit to Finn's Point National Cemetery in Pennsville, NJ. Finn's Point is a historic place and is the only national cemetery in New Jersey still performing burials. It has over 2,400 soldiers and German P.O.W.'s buried there. Congressman Van Drew's visit was to advocate for funding for upgrades and to preserve the d  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on OIG Report Into Political Retaliation at State Department
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking member of the Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on a report by the State Department Office of the Inspector General into politically-motivated retaliation against career Department employees within the Bureau of International Organization Affairs: "Today, the OIG substantiated many of the concerns State Department employees have raised with the Committee since day one of the Trump presidency. Left to it  more

Sen. Menendez Issues Statement on State Department I.G. Report on Retaliation Against Career Department Employees
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- Sen. Bob Menendez, D-New Jersey, ranking Democratic member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement on the released report by the State Department Inspector General into retaliation against career Department employees within the Bureau of International Organization Affairs: "Today, the OIG substantiated many of the concerns State Department employees have raised with the Committee since day one of the Trump presidency. Left to its own devi  more

Sens. Menendez, Booker Announce $10M to Support NJ Head Start Programs
NEWARK, New Jersey, Aug. 15 -- Sen. Robert Menendez, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker today announced the awarding of $10,136,909 from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) to support Heard Start and Early Head Start programs throughout New Jersey. "All children, regardless of zip code, are entitled to high-quality, early childhood education that gives them the tools necessary to achieve their dreams," said Sen. Menend  more